Press Release Courtesy of Spira Racing:
The team gathered early in the morning to clean the cars and take pictures for this years hero cards before splitting up and heading in two different directions for their first ventures of the season. Samantha and Billy headed north to Sunset Speedway for practice day in preparation of next weeks home opener as Scott and Jake headed south to Flamboro Speedway for the tracks first race night of the season.
Scott and Jake received two practice sessions at Flamboro Speedway where Scott ‘s #44, picked up some speed with just a few air pressure adjustments and Jake had carburetor issues in the first session, however they were fixed for the second session that had Jake happy with the cars handling.
In the heat races at Flamboro Speedway, Jake started 10th and moved up to finish 6th as Scott started 9th and finished 4th. As the cars lined up to take the green flag for the 25 lap feature event, Ken, Mark and Samantha arrived to give their support and as they arrived, a wreck on the track allowed the three late comers the time to join Wade, Steve, Jim and Kim in the back grandstands or a complete restart after the damaged cars were removed from the track. Scott lined up his #44 Klotz Auto Repair Mustang to start 9th and Jake was not far behind in 11th, in his #88 Hype Energy Drink machine out of the remaining 17 cars that took the green flag for the re-start. The feature went caution free for 25 laps, however Jake would have an electrical issue that shut down his motor on lap ten and the disappointed 12 year old driver from New Hamburg, pulled into the infield to watch the balance of the race. Scott moved through traffic to get into 4th as the race progressed, however the top three who started up front, pulled well ahead of the field and too far away for Scott to make up any ground during the caution free event despite running similar lap times to the leader.
At Sunset Speedway, Samantha and Billy both had successful practice sessions and were running very similar lap times as the two faster cars at the track. Crew member, Steve Laking was also in attendance with his #44 late model, however he suffered mechanical problems with the rear end and his day was finished early. Steve did take Billy’s #86 out for one session and provided his opinion on the handling of the car and what he thought would make it go faster through the ends. Overall, it was a relatively successful first weekend at the track and all four cars are back in the shop for some minor work prior to next weekend’s continuation of a pretty aggressive schedule for the Spira
Next up for the Spira Team will see Samantha in the #81, Billy in the #86 and Jake in the #88 all head to Sunset Speedway on Saturday May 3rd for their season opener and a 35 lap invitational event. Pit gates open at noon and racing is scheduled to begin at 5:00pm. Scott will be the lone Spira car attending Flamboro Speedway in the #44, where the pit gates open at 4:00pm, the main gates at 5:00pm and racing begins at 6:00pm.